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Xandari Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 30 Hotels in Alajuela
Certificate of Excellence
Annapolis
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16 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great getaway”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

Stayed two nights on a biking vacation and enjoyed the view, restaurant, pools and staff made our stay very comfortable - wished we had more time but had to move on - would recommend this to anyone traveling in Costa Rica and looking for a great resort. The service and food was great and the chef came to our table to make sure we were taken care of and asked if we needed anything more. Loved the view from out room overlooking San Jose.

Room Tip: every room is great with a view of the volcano
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Brooklyn, NY
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27 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

This place was great from beginning to end. The staff was very accomodating and pleasant. The room was beautifully decorated and clean. The resort grounds were amazing. The spa was fantastic. The food was so fresh. To round this up, I would love to go back just to stay at this paradise.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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23 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

What an amazing place. I only got to spend one night here, before i left CR. the location is close to the airport, which is great. The service is on point. The rooms are large, private, thoughtful and comfy. We were able to get spa treatments the night we got in, the spa is spectacular! They have little Jacuzzi's overlooking the city, so after massages we sipped wine in our tub overlooking the city, so lovely and relaxing. Highly recommend. We also had dinner at the restaurant there, i was blown away by the food. Super delicious and fresh and ton's of veg options. Also, i was really impressed by the gift shop. They have a beautifully curated little gift shop and it's really affordable! I ended up getting a bunch of nice little gifts for petsitters and parents, beautiful hand made bowl and blankets, for under 50 bucks. I hope i get to go back and stay longer next time. My ONLY complaint was poor wifi in the room. I unfortunately had a bit of work to get done, and the wifi was really slow and only worked on the patio.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank esheld01
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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29 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

We stayed at Xandari for 4 nights in October and it was a fantastic experience. The grounds are maintained to a tee and the views are breathtaking. They have done such a great job restoring natural habitat to what was a coffee plantation, giving us a full taste of the exotic plants and vegetation of Costa Rica.

The property size is great. We spend a lot of time walking through the trails, looking at plants, flowers, waterfalls, vistas, etc. We didn't have time (or money for transportation!) to do any other tours or visit other Costa Rican locations, but we felt like we got a really good taste of the country just by walking Xandari's grounds. The entire property is gated and guarded 24/7. We took a taxi to town a few times and the cab checked in/out of the property, which made us feel very safe.

Changing topics, the hot tubs are amazing. We spent several hours each night at the Sunset Pool hot tub, enjoying drinks and looking out at the night lights of Alajuela. I can't rave enough about the staff. Everyone was very kind and helpful. We were taken to the resort from SJO by a hired car (arranged by Xandari) for a mere $20, which was extremely helpful. We happened to use a Groupon for this trip, which made it a great value for the top-notch experience we received.

The rooms are great. The terraces are spacious, private from the neighboring rooms, and overlook the valley and city. Everything was great!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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19 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

Beautiful spacious villas, spectacular views from every direction, delicious & fresh food, friendly staff this place had it all! I have no complaints. I went with 5 friends and we rented two villas. I slept on the couch/bed and was fine but I hear the beds were a little uncomfortable but they'd not dare have that keep them from returning. Xandari was everything and more it proclaimed to be on their web site. The complimentary breakfast was extensive and just as good as what you paid for during lunch and dinner which was very reasonable priced. No television in the rooms left us city girls a little void of the background noise but we kept busy swimming hiking and getting spa treatments. My only hesitation is making my review so great that I wont be able to enjoy the intimate environment we enjoyed because my gem will be discovered. Oh I can't wait to go back! and if you do take a walk go to the "Golden Pig restaurant" at the bottom of the hill. It's spanish speaking only but the food was to die for!

Room Tip: We had two villas one seperate sides of the grounds and both were beautiful.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Cartago, Costa Rica
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53 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

The Xandari Resort and Spa is so beautiful. Each room is really a suite, colorful, comfortable, beautiful views of San Jose from private balcony. The Spa is fantastic, and private, comfortable, great spa treatements.
At Xandari there are five waterfalls to walk to, Orchid greenhouse, a little farm where they grow vegetables that are used in the restaruant, beautiful, beautiful gardens, swimming pools, I can go on and on. Not to mention the restaurant.
I will be returning, again, and again, perfect place to get relaxed and centered.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Costa Rica
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56 reviews
23 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

We live in Costa Rica and fly in and out of SJO a lot. We have always heard good things about the Xandari, but have never had a chance to stay here until recently (for once we were traveling without our two young children). This place is amazing!

Only 20 minutes from the airport, but you feel like you're hundreds of miles away from anything (so much so that it can be very hard to find the first time!) The chains across from the airport are adequate if you arrive late and don't have much time in SJ, but if you arrive early enough or leave late enough, this is where you should stay. Can't think of a nicer spot to start/end my Costa Rican vacation and much more of a Costa Rican experience than staying in a North American chain hotel across the freeway from the airport.

The property is massive, and you feel like you are the only guests...until you go to the restaurant and you wonder where all these other folks are the rest of the time. =) The sunset pool and view is just as pretty as the photo in real life, if not prettier (and we were the only folks out there on a beautiful sunny day). And the twinkling lights of the city at night, unreal.

The staff was all very friendly and accommodating, you can tell they enjoy working there. Since the owners are an architect and an artist, the villas are as spectacular. And no two are alike. Lucy was so helpful and sweet during the reservation process, as well as Konrad at the spa who set up a sunset massage + jacuzzi for our anniversary. They were both very prompt answering my questions and very organized, it was very appreciated and made for a wonderful day for us.

We enjoyed our stay so much we immediately booked my parents for the night before they were leaving SJ and they loved it as much as we did. We will definitely be back - highly recommend this hotel!

Room Tip: We loved our Ultra Villa Plus!
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Xandari Resort & Spa

Property: Xandari Resort & Spa
Address: 1 km northwest of El Diamante Bar | Tacacori, Alajuela 4050, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Alajuela
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Alajuela
#1 Family Hotel in Alajuela
#1 Romantic Hotel in Alajuela
#6 Business Hotel in Alajuela
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Xandari Resort & Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Xandari is a 40-acre plantation with botanical gardens, orchid house and over 5 kms of nature trails including five waterfalls. Xandari is the creation of an architect-artist couple, with 24 spacious villas overlooking the Central Valley. Only 20 minutes from Juan Santamaria International Airport. In addition, three fabulous swimming pools, including the new 125 ft. Long Sunset Pool with a stunning view, and two outdoor jacuzzis. The restaurant serves fresh, continental and Costa Rican menu, featuring many organic fruits and vegetables from our own gardens. Xandari Spa Village is harmoniously integrated with nature and consists of a Yoga Room and five private palm-roofed jalapas with jacuzzi perched on a mountain ridge, where natural ingredients are used in massages and body treatments. ... more   less 
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